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Robert Henry Steinmeyer

Number of games in database: 309
Years covered: 1944 to 1981
Highest rating achieved in database: 2445
Overall record: +201 -36 =72 (76.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (19) 
    E75 E70 E90 E91 E94
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E21 E52 E41 E53 E44
 Grunfeld (15) 
    D96 D91 D73 D94 D92
 Sicilian (12) 
    B74 B76 B32 B56 B75
 English (11) 
    A15 A10
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C64 C63 C78 C81 C76
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (45) 
    B90 B20 B94 B96 B75
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E41 E42 E20 E26 E59
 Sicilian Najdorf (13) 
    B90 B94 B96 B97 B98
 Grunfeld (12) 
    D97 D94 D85 D72 D91
 French Defense (9) 
    C11 C07 C12 C09 C18
 English, 1 c4 e5 (7) 
    A23 A22 A29 A28
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R H Steinmeyer vs N Bernstein, 1944 1-0
   R H Steinmeyer vs W F Baker Jr, 1959 1-0
   G Nickel vs R H Steinmeyer, 1963 0-1
   Shainswit vs R H Steinmeyer, 1963 0-1
   R H Steinmeyer vs N Wilder, 1948 1-0
   R H Steinmeyer vs J Walecka, 1956 1-0
   W F Baker Jr vs R H Steinmeyer, 1959 0-1
   R H Steinmeyer vs J Spence, 1960 1-0
   R H Steinmeyer vs G Drexel, 1947 1-0
   M Zitzman vs R H Steinmeyer, 1958 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   57th US Open (1956)
   61st US Open (1960)
   55th US Open (1954)
   60th US Open (1959)
   US Championship (1962)
   49th US Open (1948)
   56th US Open (1955)

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(born Mar-10-1927, died Mar-06-1988, 60 years old) United States of America

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Steinmeyer was a lifelong resident of Saint Louis and was dominant in state and local chess from an early age, winning the state championship at 15. He played in two US Closed Championships (US Championship (1962) and US Championship (1963/64)) and had turned down an invitation to the 1961-62 event.
Soltis and McCormick, The United States Chess Championship, 1845-1996

Last updated: 2016-10-20 14:59:45

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 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 309  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R H Steinmeyer vs W P M Mitchell  ½-½55194445th US OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
2. R H Steinmeyer vs N Bernstein 1-031194445th US OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. R B Johnson vs R H Steinmeyer  1-030194445th US OpenC11 French
4. R H Steinmeyer vs Santasiere  ½-½49194445th US OpenC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
5. Reshevsky vs R H Steinmeyer  1-065194445th US OpenD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. R H Steinmeyer vs G Drexel  1-046194748th US OpenA28 English
7. R H Steinmeyer vs N Wilder 1-025194849th US OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. Evans vs R H Steinmeyer  0-140194849th US OpenE16 Queen's Indian
9. R H Steinmeyer vs G Kramer  ½-½26194849th US OpenD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. R H Steinmeyer vs Santasiere  ½-½16194849th US OpenE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
11. R H Steinmeyer vs O Ulvestad 0-126194849th US OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
12. R H Steinmeyer vs A Bisguier  0-115194849th US OpenD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
13. J F Donovan vs R H Steinmeyer  ½-½18194849th US OpenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
14. A Colon vs R H Steinmeyer  0-137194849th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
15. R H Steinmeyer vs C Rehberg  1-050194849th US OpenA15 English
16. W Shipman vs R H Steinmeyer  0-131194849th US OpenC12 French, McCutcheon
17. R H Steinmeyer vs A Di Camillo 1-049195051st US OpenE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. Evans vs R H Steinmeyer  1-034195051st US OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. R H Steinmeyer vs A Pinkus  1-029195051st US OpenD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
20. B Moore vs R H Steinmeyer  0-1281954Golden Knights Preliminary RdC23 Bishop's Opening
21. R H Steinmeyer vs L Pena  1-0151954Cr Golden Knights PrelimD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. C Bero vs R H Steinmeyer 0-1181954Golden Knights Preliminary RdC12 French, McCutcheon
23. K Hattle vs R H Steinmeyer  0-1211954Golden Knights Preliminary RdC50 Giuoco Piano
24. R H Steinmeyer vs D Stephens  1-0141954Golden Knights Preliminary RdC16 French, Winawer
25. R H Steinmeyer vs E Johnson 1-0101954Golden Knights Preliminary RdC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
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  Tabanus: Robert H. Steinmeyer (1927-1988)

From the forties to the seventies, Robert H. Steinmeyer was Missouri’s premier chess player. His domination in that period is awesome. Born in St. Louis in 1927, Steinmeyer took to chess at an early age: he won the Missouri State Open Championship in 1942, shortly after his 15th birthday. Shortly after turning 18, he dropped out of high school and enlisted in the Army, catching the end of WW II. In 1946, on furlough, he again won the State Championship. After his discharge, he enrolled in and graduated [1951] from Washington University . Until the late eighties, the St. Louis District Championship was the most important St. Louis chess event: it was an invitational round robin to which the area’s strongest players [usually 8] were invited. Since games were played once a week and re-scheduling possible, the area’s top players would usually accept invitations and compete. Steinmeyer won this championship in 1944,’45, ’47, ’48, ’49,’50, ’51, ’53, ’60 and ’61, an unparalleled series of triumphs. Invited to the U.S. Closed Championship frequently, he played in at least three [1962-3-4], competing against the likes of Evans [whom he beat] , Benko, Bisguier, R. Byrne [he drew all of these] as well as Reshevsky, Fischer, Denker, Rossolimo and other titans of that era. While his results in the U.S. Championships were less than spectacular, he’s the only Missourian ever invited to the U.S. [closed] Championship. Steinmeyer participated in many other strong tourneys in the ’50’s & ’60’s, winning, among others, the Southwest Open [a strong tournament then held annually in Texas] in 1951 & 1953 and finishing 2nd to H. Steiner in 1952. His bio appeared in all the Who’s Who in America volumes published in the ’70’s.

Achieving the title of Senior Master early, he maintained his rating over 2400 during the sixties and early seventies. Steinmeyer was of course one of the original complement of Life Masters identified when the USCF created that title. Except for his Army stint, Steinmeyer lived all of his life in St. Louis, working most of the time for commercial barge lines including Valley Lines & National Marine Services, Inc. He never married. During the mid/late ’70’s he withdrew from active chess completely. Besides his chess memberships, he was a member of the American Contract Bridge League and the St. Louis Opera Guild. He died in October 1988 at age 61 and is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

May-21-10  Caissanist: Robert Steinmeyer was the strongest player in the state of Missouri for over thirty years, from the early 1940s through the mid 1970s. He also played in three US championships, in 1961, 1962, and 1963.
May-21-10  Petrosianic: Only twice. He wasn't in the 1961 championship.
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  offramp: Anyone know the umwelt of his 1962 match v Milton Finkelstein?
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  louispaulsen88888888: Nope. Not me.
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  louispaulsen88888888: I don’t even know what an umwelt is.
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  louispaulsen88888888: Oh hold on. I just looked it up.

In the semiotic theories of Jakob von Uexküll and Thomas A. Sebeok, umwelt (plural: umwelten; from the German Umwelt meaning "environment" or "surroundings") is the "biological foundations that lie at the very epicenter of the study of both communication and signification in the human [and non-human] animal.

Oct-09-20  login:

Quite an interesting read (it's a rare animal in English), as most of the German speaking population does not know von Uexküll (sadly anymore), nor his specific definition given in the English wiki entry - however the German site is structured very different.

All that said, within the German speaking population 'Umwelt' lowkey might have been one of the more (mis-)used words in all our modern political landscape, where it gained quite a stardom (1900-2010, you can have a guess what lead to its downfall the last century though). for Umwelt (German)

While others are very lucky for the possibility to debate the sheer sanity of their present leaders nonstop, we might face a similar faith - even our first 'Umweltkanzler' in 2021. Glück auf.


Robert 'Bob' Steinmeyer 1960 (independently the article is a good catch too)

Oct-07-22  Helios727: Did he never receive the IM or GM title?

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